Antibiotics

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The difference between a probiotic and an antibiotic is clear in dictionary terms, but in early experiments, the two concepts sometimes seem more alike than different. The history of antibiotics includes many accounts of odd accidents, where a reaction between bacteria and mold eventually generated new medical applications. Alexander Fleming discovered penicillin by accident in 1928. Penicillin is actually a mold or fungus which fights particular infections that are bacteria-based. In 1941, Howard Florey and Ernst Chain further developed the Fleming discovery into a form that became known as the new wonder drug. Penicillin and many other antibiotics work by...

Acidophilus

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Introduction Acidophilus is an "umbrella" name for a category of probiotics. These probiotics, as defined by the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations, are "live microorganisms which, when administered in adequate amounts, confer a health benefit on the host." (1) One of the main functions of probiotics in the acidophilus group is to provide aid in the digestion process. Some of these bacteria include: Lactobacillus (L.) acidophilus, L. bulgaricus and L. fermentum. Lactobacillus acidophilus is found naturally in humans in the mouth, the intestines and the vagina. Classified as "healthy" bacteria, L. acidophilus helps guard against infections and...

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